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Jim Reiser, M.S.

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Swim Lessons Supervision and Water Watcher Tags

Some state and local health codes specify that a certain number of lifeguards must be on duty for a given number of patrons. Other codes may have guidelines based on ratios of pool surface area to the number of lifeguards. In other cases the state and health codes do not specify the number of lifeguards required to be on duty per number of patrons, or may not require lifeguards at all.

Whatever the case may be in your state, Swim Lessons University (SLU) believes it is of utmost importance that learn-to-swim programs educate swim lessons parents on what it means to have close and effective supervision. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 70% of all preschoolers who drown were in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning. It is imperative that SLU Professionals educate parents that drowning occurs not due to a lack of supervision, but rather a lapse in supervision. Based on this information, SLU recommends the following guidelines in addition to your local health codes:

In addition to the required supervision in place, a specified adult Water Watcher should be designated for each class. The Water Watcher accepts the following responsibilities as listed on the back of the card:
1. Avoid socializing, using the phone, texting, and all other potential distractions.
2. Continuously scan the water surface and the bottom of the pool.
3. Remain on duty until relieved by another Water Watcher.

*SLU makes a Water Watcher tag and lanyard available for just $2.00, or for $3.00 you can get a whistle too!

The International Swimming Hall of Fame has named Jim Reiser the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Hunt Newman Award for his curriculum and approach in teaching infants, toddlers, and children to swim.  Jim is the first American to win the award in 10 years.

If you would like to learn more about the Swim Lessons University certification program and curriculum, make sure to visit us at  We have training and certification programs designed for both private instructors as well as organizations like YMCAs, Recreation Departments, Athletic Clubs, and more.

Swim Lessons University is currently being utilized by recreation departments, YMCAs, America Camp Association swim lessons programs, as well as by private swimming instructors in 45 states and over 30 countries!

You can also call us toll free at 1-866-498-SWIM (7946).

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November 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm
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